I recently heard a Columbia Business School professor tell an audience that entrepreneurs share 6 traits that are intrinsic rather than learned. The takeaway is that entrepreneurs are born that way, and if you’re not born that way, you’re out of luck.
I couldn’t disagree more. Successful entrepreneurs are often in the right place at the right time, with the right background and training to seize opportunities when they arise. They’re not special people.
Most successes are stumbled upon after many iterations and failures, so if you’re deciding whether or not to start a business, don’t start by asking whether you’re an entrepreneur. Instead, ask yourself if you’re willing to subject your vision to scrutiny, criticism and change. Are you willing to test your theories about the market? And if you’re wrong, are you willing and can you afford to change your plan? Answer yes to these, and your chances of being a successful entrepreneur will increase.